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  •  Thanks for this, wide eyed lib! (4+ / 0-)

    It makes me think of a very old man nearing the sunset of his life.

    Roethke is new to me--is he, or was he, a German poet? There was a whole school of literature in the second half of the nineteenth century in Germany, if memory serves, of which Goethe was the primary exponent.

    "Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich."--Napoleon

    by Diana in NoVa on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:02:40 AM PDT

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    •  Nope, he's an American poet (6+ / 0-)

      but of course of German ancestry. He's one of my favorite poets. Some of the best poems he wrote are part of "The Greenhouse Poems," centering around growing things in a greenhouse.

      Here's one of those:

      Child on Top of a Greenhouse
      by Theodore Roethke

      The wind billowing out the seat of my britches,
      My feet crackling splinters of glass and dried putty,
      The half-grown chrysanthemums staring up like accusers,
      Up through the streaked glass, flashing with sunlight,
      A few white clouds all rushing eastward,
      A line of elms plunging and tossing like horses,
      And everyone, everyone pointing up and shouting!

      "The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence that it is not utterly absurd; indeed in view of the silliness of the majority of mankind, a widespread belief is more often likely to be foolish than sensible." -- Bertrand Russell

      by wide eyed lib on Fri Sep 06, 2013 at 07:21:40 AM PDT

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